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Reuben Hudson - Single Review: Gasman

24 Jul 2022 // A review by Harry Platt
I’m not gonna muck around with the preamble here, instead a question… Has Reuben Hudson written the most catchy chorus of the year? I’d wager it.

Gasman is an absolute zinger from the Tamaki Makaurau songwriter. 3 minutes of indie pop-punk perfection. Some snazzy drum work kicks off the song (via the talents of David Harris - Sulfate, Princess Chelsea) before launching into what I believe is a series of pre-choruses. In fact I don’t think Gasman has a verse. It’s a slight oddity in its structure, but in a refreshing inventive way. The first 40 seconds of the track winds all over the show. Finding little musical nooks to hang out in. And then bam there it is. “I’m your Gasman.” All these little deviations land perfectly into that sensational chorus.

Where previous single Drag was entirely a DIY effort, Gasman is Hudson’s first collaborative affair, enlisting Peter Ruddell (Wax Chattels, Jazmine Mary, Sulfate, Dick Move) and Harris on the drums as mentioned. Those extra details that come from other ears involved are invaluable, and speak volumes in the quality of Hudson’s music. The production is perfectly balanced, managing to maintain Hudson’s slightly rough ‘n’ ready indie sound without coming off as undercooked.

But man, I just wanna hear that chorus again. Luckily, the final one turns up a notch. Save yourself some coin, hop on a bus and crank Gasman. If this song isn’t a student radio sensation then I will drink the gas…

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Reuben Hudson

Reuben Hudson is the solo project of the musician, singer-songwriter, producer, composer and creative from Tamaki Makaurau.

Reuben experiments with a variety of genres and sounds to create fun, honest and caring music - with a tendency towards fast-paced & guitar-driven band music - often incorporating experimental elements like drum machine or synths.


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Releases

Cloudhead
Year: 2022
Type: EP
There's No-One Like Me
Year: 2020
Type: Album
Unreachable
Year: 2018
Type: EP
Forgot About The Sun
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Rebus
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Flat Times
Year: 2017
Type: EP
When I Was Sixteen
Year: 2015
Type: Album

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